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Old 12-09-2016, 08:24 AM   #1
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What do you think of Salvation Army bell-ringers? It used to be a cute part of the holiday, but I think it's an out of control shake down, no matter what good they do. Lady at the local supermarket was ringing that thing like she was sounding the alarm for the whole zip code. (humbug)
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Old 12-09-2016, 10:07 AM   #2
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An annoying noise.

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Old 12-09-2016, 11:02 AM   #3
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From what I've read, 85%+ of the money raised through this program goes right back into the local community... an annoying ringing bell? As much as it's part of the season, I can see that, but to me, it's like the Christmas carols on the radio and in the stores BEFORE Thanksgiving... as much as I like them... annoying... but at least the ringing bell only affects me on the way in and out...

I guess there's a price to be paid for good outcomes no matter what's involved...

There's always ordering online to avoid it all...
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God bless them and the Salvation Army in general, they do an incredible amount of good work in this country. Over 90% of the money they pull in goes to help people, instead of the paltry amount that many charities deliver.
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Can't believe it, agreeing with KAP again

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Spend half a day volunteering at your local salvation army once. They are a wonderful organization.

I drop them money every time I see them.

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Christmas presents are one thing. Kids should never go hungry.

Their parents circumstances, or why they were there is none of my business.

I just saw kids getting food, and appeared to be happier than my grandkids Christmas morning opening presents.

Kids should never ever, go hungry.

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In fact, I believe in this so strongly,

How about a Christmas challenge?

I'm going to drop $20 in the salvation army kettle.

Do this, share this. .....and the winner will be determined by the most shares, drops into the kettle.

How do we determine who wins?

The kids do.

It's all on you.

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My oldest daughter is in 4H, and they help the bell ringers a bit every year as part of their community service projects. You think that bell is annoying just walking into the store? Try standing there for an hour while your kid is ringing it for all it's worth...

The S.A. does do amazing work, though. I'm glad she goes and helps them. But I'm even more glad when I send her with her Mother and I don't have to go.
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Or if it bothers you that much, you can tell them on the way in to keep and eye out for you and if they see you coming out and they stop ringing the bell until you leave, you'll drop a $20 in the pot...

Win/win...
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I just looked up our National Capital Chapter, services, etc., as well as the two locations around me (which I never noticed before). I see they are in communities of need and do a lot.

That bell's not sounding so bad after all. Thanks for the perspective.
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I don't know about the Salvation Army, but I've been told that when you donate to the Red Cross, you should specifically earmark it to be used for your local community, otherwise they can spend it in any area.
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What do you think of Salvation Army bell-ringers? It used to be a cute part of the holiday, but I think it's an out of control shake down, no matter what good they do. Lady at the local supermarket was ringing that thing like she was sounding the alarm for the whole zip code. (humbug)
I think noise pollution in general is an often overlooked issue. Think of one of the top reasons that would force a family to move...neighborhood noise. Not many stop to consider it, but noise affects your health, especially those with sensory issues like those on the autism spectrum, or those with underlying mental health issues or stress. Motorcycles get me because we live near a busy street, and the blowhards like to rev at the light.
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I don't know about the Salvation Army, but I've been told that when you donate to the Red Cross, you should specifically earmark it to be used for your local community, otherwise they can spend it in any area.
It's an accounting game, they just take some of the money they would have spent locally, and spend it somewhere else. Your donation takes up the slack they created. Same thing with United Way.
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God bless them and the Salvation Army in general, they do an incredible amount of good work in this country. Over 90% of the money they pull in goes to help people, instead of the paltry amount that many charities deliver.
AMEN! They are one of the few charities that actually seems to use the money they collect for more than "operating costs".
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I just looked up our National Capital Chapter, services, etc., as well as the two locations around me (which I never noticed before). I see they are in communities of need and do a lot.

That bell's not sounding so bad after all. Thanks for the perspective.
Samaritan's Purse and St Jude are the ONLY other charities I bother with. I've found out afterwards I was ripped off by others in the past.
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Samaritan's Purse and St Jude are the ONLY other charities I bother with. I've found out afterwards I was ripped off by others in the past.
ripped off my SA? really? how so?
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ripped off my SA? really? how so?
I meant Samaritan's Purse and St Jude are the only charities other than Salvation Army I give too.
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Doesn't bother me a bit. Actually, I enjoy the bell ringing because I've seen first hand the good works they do. I drop something in nearly every kettle I walk by, may only be 50 cents, or it might be $5. Probably put $20-40/ year in the kettle.
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I don't think I've walked by one without donating in 10 years. If they are willing to sit in the cold to help others, it's the least I can do. That bell makes me think of charity, kindness and helping others. Something 90% of people around here seem to have forgotten.

Now sitting there and ringing it all day is a whole different topic.

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